Prayers for Gaza: 24 October 2014

ACT PALESTINE FORUM
PRAYER VIGIL FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
24th of every month

 

Prayer Petitions for Gaza
Friday, 24 October 2014

 

On this day, we will pray again with and for our sisters and brothers in Palestine and Israel who have called for an ecumenical prayer vigil across the globe on the 24th of every month. 

Our prayers this month are for healing, justice, and hope in Gaza. During the month of October, the ACT Palestine Forum has focused its awareness building and advocacy efforts on Gaza. Our efforts and attention will continue to be directed towards Gaza during the month of November. We invite you to prepare and send prayer petitions for Gaza, which will be shared during the APF prayer vigil for the 24th of November.

APF encourages its friends and partners to visit the APF website and APF Facebook page often to find — and also contribute — updates on Gaza, as well as photos, stories, advocacy ideas and special prayers for Gaza.

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 A Prayer for Gaza

‘If these were silent the stones would shout out.’  (Luke 19:40)

After the sounds of bombs,
the crash of tumbling stone to rubble,
and the cries of the wounded and grieving,
let voices be lifted in prayer.

When shrapnel has broken flesh,
as even cemeteries and schools lie ruined
and streets and houses are turned to dust,
may there be hope stirring somehow still.

After parents have lifted children from rubble,
seen businesses built over years destroyed,
and ambulances without room for all the injured,
help us still to believe that change will come.

May peace be our prayer and our pledge,
and open our lips to protest and press
for the different sound
of a justice-shaped peace,
so that the streets and stones,
may ring with the sounds of a new freedom,
and all wounds be healed.

Prayer contributed by Christian Aid UK

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